(Upside down) Blueberry Buttermilk Cake

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Food Librarian - Blueberry Buttermilk Cake (Upside down)
(Upside Down by Accident) Blueberry Buttermilk Cake

Who doesn't love the Smitten Kitchen? She's amazing and always come up with the most delicious dishes.

When I saw her Raspberry Buttermilk Cake, I knew I had to make it. I love breakfast and tea cakes. I just don't like frosting...I've been peeling it off since I was a little kid!

Also, I bought the mammoth box of California blueberries from Costco and have to come up with 10 ways to use them. :)

Food Librarian - Blueberry Buttermilk Cake (Upside down)
The batter came together quickly. Very easy and "lower" in fat...only 1/2 stick of butter! I sprinkled 1 cup of blueberries on top and popped it into the oven...

Food Librarian - Blueberry Buttermilk Cake (Upside down)
When I opened the oven, the fruit was gone. I thought there were in the middle...but no, they were on the bottom.

Food Librarian - Blueberry Buttermilk Cake (Upside down)
I probably used too many blueberries and next time I can dust them in flour or wait a few minutes before popping them in the batter. Smitten Kitchen's and Gourmet's fruit fell, but not all the way to bottom like mine.

So, like the saying, "when life gives you a cake with blueberries on the bottom, turn the damn thing over," I served it as an upside down cake, and dusted it with some powdered sugar.

Food Librarian - Blueberry Buttermilk Cake (Upside down)
The bottom had a nice crunch because the sugar topping was on the bottom! :)

Recipe: From Smitten Kitchen who got it from Gourmet. Use either one.
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Anonymous said... [Reply to comment]

You suck. I am going to buy you a LEGALIZE FROSTITUTION shirt.

Yay frosting!!!

Audrie said... [Reply to comment]

Going to have to make this tomorrow!!! The hubs was just saying I needed to make something with berries in it :D

Caroline said... [Reply to comment]

Nice save, this looks great! I buy the Costco blueberries as well, so this recipe will get made soon.

Snooky doodle said... [Reply to comment]

Ha it s a great idea and afterall it looks great ! Delicious too. Pity I don t find bleuberries here :(

Ria Mathew said... [Reply to comment]

I loved it! What lovely colours! :)

Sophie M said... [Reply to comment]

That looks fantastic! I think the blueberries look gorgeous at the top/bottom.

Kelly said... [Reply to comment]


Mine did the same thing - looked just like yours. Must be the consistency of the dense BBs? Regardless, it tastes SO good.

Beautiful pics, too!

Sweet Cheeks said... [Reply to comment]

Ohhhhhhh that looks so good!

Finla said... [Reply to comment]

Wow looks so so yumm.

Audrey said... [Reply to comment]

Wow...it must have taken so much pastry-chef skill to get those blueberries from sinking! Your cake is just perfect. (Oh, was I supposed to READ something? I was too busy looking at the pictures...sorry, not time!)
I'm a wholehearted supporter of your new proverb...it really really looks good.

Heather S-G said... [Reply to comment]

Way to make lemonade!! I think it looks delicious and so pretty as an upside down cake...how about just a drizzle of glaze?

oneordinaryday said... [Reply to comment]

Looks yummy just the way it is!

Pamela said... [Reply to comment]

Seriously? You don't like the frosting? Wow.
This cake looks fantastic. I saw it over on SK and a friend made it and raved about it. I definitely want to give it a try.

Steph said... [Reply to comment]

I think it looks so pretty though! At least they all fell and not bits of blueberry everywhere. Everything you make always looks amazing!

Larie said... [Reply to comment]

Looks yummy! As a single person with no car, I am sadly unable to purchase Costco blueberries...which is depressing, since I love them. I resort to buying absurd numbers of them when they go on sale at the local QFC :P But I also am not the hugest fan of frosting - high five! Love your blog :)

I haven't looked at the recipe for this yet (need to run in two seconds) but there's a blueberry coffee cake recipe I've made a few times that calls for you to add the blueberries midway (or so) through baking, which ends up with the blueberries nicely splattered on top.

The Purple Foodie said... [Reply to comment]

Looks delicious. Wish blueberries were available here!

Unknown said... [Reply to comment]

Haha way to salvage the cake! I bet it tastes amazing even if the blueberries did sink.

Mary Jo said... [Reply to comment]

love it upside down! my next post is a smitten kitchen recipe too :)

Unknown said... [Reply to comment]

Assaggerei volentieri una fetta ,ha un aspetto delizioso!

Monica H said... [Reply to comment]

I have the same container of blueberries waiting to be used. I may freeze them though.

This looks delicious!

Anonymous said... [Reply to comment]

What a creative solution! It looks wonderful.

Esi said... [Reply to comment]

I hear blueberries are going to be an excellent bargain this summer. I love that you just flipped it around. I think it looks very pretty. I am mixed on frosting. Sometimes I love it, other times, not so much.

Marta said... [Reply to comment]

I don't like raspberries, so I immediately thought of blueberries when I saw this recipe on SK! Great job here, it looks so moist and delicate, perfect for coffee or tea!

Creative Classroom Core said... [Reply to comment]

This is gorgeous!

Damaris @Kitchen Corners said... [Reply to comment]

I'm going to try and make this with all those raspberries I picked up.

Unknown said... [Reply to comment]

Oh, yes! So happy to see this here as I have raspberries blackberries AND blueberries that need to be used up.

Btw, very cool serving it upside down! :)

Bec said... [Reply to comment]

Just wanted to let you know that I think your photography is (as always) amazing.

eatme_delicious said... [Reply to comment]

Yumm looks delicious! I think it's cool that they completely sunk to the bottom.

jh said... [Reply to comment]

Wonderful looking recipe, especially right now when blueberries are coming into season. Thanks for the inspiration!

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Janssen said... [Reply to comment]

Wow, lovely. Definitely will need to make this one.

Elyse said... [Reply to comment]

Looks awesome! What a happy accident!! I love buttermilk cakes to begin with, but the addition of blueberries is just right up my alley. How awesome! I wish I could have a slice of this gorgeous tea cake for breakfast. Sorry I've been away for the past week; I had a good friend in town and wasn't able to do much on the computer. I'm back now, though :)

"Pink Eyed" Jim Cortina said... [Reply to comment]

I didn't read the original recipe, but in many recipes I've read involving blueberries in baked goods, it usually suggests to toss the blueberries in some corn starch first. This supposedly keeps them from sinking.

It might be worth trying.

Beautiful cake though, the layering looks really neat. It might be better of with the blueberries sinking.

Melissa said... [Reply to comment]

I don't like frosting either. So there.

So, like the saying, "when life gives you a cake with blueberries on the bottom, turn the damn thing over"Haha! The cake came out beautiful and tasty just the way you did it. I can imagine the little crisp sound when you bite the bottom.

And you're right - who doesn't love Deb? She rocks.

Katrina said... [Reply to comment]

That looks awesome and delicious! I just made a strawberry rhubarb upside down cake.

Allen said... [Reply to comment]

Even if the blueberries sank to the bottom, it's still a stunning cake! I would love a big, fat slice :-)

If you're looking for more blueberry ideas, how about a blueberry buckle? I made one a few years ago and it was so good, been meaning to make it again.

April said... [Reply to comment]

So, so, so good! I made this but with the raspberries and it was gone in less than 24 hours. Such a great recipe.

Resh said... [Reply to comment]

i absolutely must try this!!! this looks fantastic to make!

The Scootabaker said... [Reply to comment]

I Just made this, but with raspberries, since that's all I had. yeah those little suckers sank. But the cake was so so good I ate it all by myself in one day. Cause I have no self control.

Mermaid Sews said... [Reply to comment]

OK, I have serious blog envy now. Such gorgeous pictures, amazing. It looks soooooo good to.

JeBrown said... [Reply to comment]

Looks fantastic. My grammie has a recipe I've made every year since she passed... trick to keeping the blueberries from sinking (aside from picking your own or finding the rare small ones I remember from my childhood) flour the blueberries before folding them into the batter : )

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